On life, lately . . .
Making: Lots of quick, one pot meals for dinners and leftovers. I bought this book by Martha Stewart after making googly eyes at it when my sister got it for Christmas, and so far it's been a big hit at our house. I've also made Spicy Chicken Tagine from the Ballaboosta cookbook by Einat Admony, and a fabulous pork and barley dish from this Chrissy Freer cookbook. Make-ahead meals are time consuming, but the benefits pay off during the week, when I'm not running next door to Whole Foods for $17 lunches and $4 coffees.
Drinking: Mint tea and water during the day - trying to up my water ante (and per usual, failing miserably). Happy hour has gotten more interesting with the acquisition of Frederic Yarm's book, Drink and Tell: A Boston Cocktail Book. I've followed Yarm's blog, Cocktail Virgin, for a while now and have tried several very tasty libations from his site. It just made sense to pick up this book, which offers recipes from some of Boston's best drinking establishments. And so far, I've been pretty pleased with the offerings!
Reading: Like everyone else in the blogosphere, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. There are enough reviews and commentary on this book, so you can fall down that rabbit hole should you wish. Let's just say, I too, made the trek to Goodwill the first week of January with a car-load of crap I realized I was carrying around with me for far too long. It felt great, and I am eager to continue the process of identifying what brings me joy, and what will be more meaningful to me to let go of.
Looking: to buy a new camera. And I don't know where to start.
Playing: Anything along the lines of Candy Crush. Those games are addicting and such a time suck!
Listening: to Meghan Trainor. Girl's got pipes, man.
Watching: The sun rise over Boston (see above photo). Winter running with minimal daylight hours require me to run early in the morning (it's just too dark by the time I get out of work), and so long as I can drag my butt outta bed and get out there, it's been a great way to mentally prepare for the day ahead!
Following: @awguild on Instagram - Dude's got skills with a pen and paper.
Wearing: The same thing every week. After finishing reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I've found it incredibly difficult to find new pieces of clothing that fit my style and taste. Like, I N C R E D I B L Y difficult. Actually, when I finished cleaning out my closet and drawers and took a step back to stare at what was remaining, I realized that I have no clue what my personal style even is! So that's something to think about - can I identify what I actually like (ignoring all outside forces)? Easier said than done, I think.
Loving: Smartwool socks
Thinking: about the year ahead. I didn't make resolutions this year. I have a task list of things I want to tackle, but that's about it. Other than that, I just want to live in the moment. To be present. To not be plugged into technology quite so much. I guess my words for 2015 would be "simplicity" and "creativity". Those are two things I want to focus on this year.